I've always had an interest and fascination with Runes and recently purchased my first set. In addition, I ordered Josh Simonds "Beginners Guide to Runes." For those who don't know much about runes, here is a brief rundown.
The origin of word “rune” stems from the Germanic word for “mystery” or “secret”, and similar findings are present in Old Irish Gaelic, Welsh and Old English, sometimes also meaning “miracle”. In Lithuanian it can me “to speak”, and in Finnish it can also mean “poem”.
Runes are a part of an ancient proto-Germanic tradition dating back to potentially the 1st century AD. They consist of a runic alphabet of 24 letters, usually made out of wood or stone (mine are rose quartz). They were used as a method of fortune-telling and protection. The first completion of the total alphabet was the Elder Futhark runes in the 5th century AD (also the type of set I purchased) and then the Younger Futhark stones were adapted by the Vikings and other Nordic tribes and continued until Medieval times. They are said to be based off of Old Latin inscriptions. Runes stones are full of powerful and magical history, and so were highly venerated and used with extreme caution. In the Norse cultures and across other Northern Europeans, it was believed that they held strong divinatory powers and as such were taken very seriously.
I'm looking forward to "getting my runes on" and in the future offering another method alongside sound therapy of connecting to one's higher self, provide inner guidance and tapping into your intuition.